Karen Young (March 23, 1951-January 26, 1991) was a disco singer best known for her hit “Hot Shot”. Well-known for her ability to scat-sing and deliver vocals with ferocious energy, Young was also a gifted pianist and songwriter.
Karen Young grew up in a Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania rowhouse. Before becoming an overnight international recording star with “Hot Shot,” she recorded jingles and background vocals for Philadelphia-based production companies. In the early 1970s Young performed with the group Sandd, featuring Philadelphia musicians Frank Gilckin lead guitar, George Emertz rhythm guitar, Frank Ferraro bass and Dennis Westman drums.
Karen Young is appreciated by 80’s soul & Funk lovers for her 1983 release “You Don’t Know What You’ve Got (Till You Lose It)” which stands as her boogiest release.
Karen died unexpectedly of a bleeding ulcer.